The New Orleans Saints Twitter account posted a picture of quarterback Drew Brees, who warmed up with a t-shirt that said « #SAYHERNAME » on Sunday.
The account added another tweet, explaining the meaning of « #SAYHERNAME, » a social media campaign that began this summer after the fatal police shots of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.
The second tweet stated that the shirt is about that To “amplify the voices and experiences of black women,” and was accompanied by a photo of Security Malcolm Jenkins wearing the same shirt. Jenkins is a social justice advocate and co-founder of the Players Coalition.
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Brees wore the shirt days after a President Donald Trump-inspired insurgent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to undermine the polls and to confirm President-elect Joe Biden as Trump’s successor.
A woman named Ashli Babbitt was shot dead during the attack while attempting to break into part of the Capitol known as the Speaker’s Lobby. She was part of the crowd.
Brees has worn the shirt multiple times this season, as have other Saints.
Brees caused a stir in June when he told Yahoo Finance, « I will never agree with anyone. » who disregards the flag. » Brees’ comment, denouncing peaceful protests by gamers against police brutality and social injustice, reached the height of the nationwide racial bill sparked by the death of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department.
It drew widespread criticism for that Comments received, including from Jenkins, who said Brees should « shut up » in an Instagram video.
Brees apologized twice for the comment and vowed, « I’ll be part of the solution. »
There’s no evidence that Brees wore the jersey on Sunday for any reason other than joining his teammates in the bigger ongoing campaign « #SAYHERNAME ».
As a ban on the Hall of Fame, the could two decades of quarterback career in his last month.
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Millionaire hockey players traveling from province to province to play games when everyone else is told not to do anything like the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that is wreaking personal and financial havoc from coast to coast.
« These are unprecedented times, » said McDavid. « We’re not blind to understanding that we’re very happy to come to work to play the game we love. »
However, the captain of the Edmonton Oilers – the superstar of the sport’s superstars – also wants critics to understand that, among other things, the NHL is trying to bring some normality to the increasingly dark winter of 2021.
« People are stuck at home and need something to do, » said McDavid. « We’ll be playing every other day for the next four or five months.
« We’re not just putting our bodies at risk for each other, but also for the fans. »
The shortened 56-game season of the NHL, which includes a one-time northern division consisting of seven Canadian teams to avoid crossing the border – fans are not allowed to enter arenas from today’s perspective – begins on Wednesday. The players were tested every day during training camp, and it will stay that way for at least the first four weeks of the schedule.
And when teams take to the streets, they are limited to the hotel and arena. No restaurants or mingling with the general population allowed.
« It’s supposed to protect us, » said Bo Horvat, Vancouver Canucks captain. « It’s about protecting the people in the community. »
In contrast, a person could fly from Toronto to Edmonton or Winnipeg to Ottawa tomorrow and face no restrictions upon arrival.
« It’s not about apples, » said Marc Bergevin, general manager of Montreal Canadiens. « We are tested every day.
« I am aware that it is not easy for anyone, but it is what it is. »
Like a number of league executives, Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff took part in a number of conference calls as the NHL, the players’ association, and various levels of government worked out public health protocols acceptable to all parties.
« It’s not something that is taken lightly, » he said of playing in a pandemic. « Sport is about more than wins and losses. I think it’s about a mental psyche of a community, a mental psyche of a society.
« I think everyone is looking for something to make them feel good. »
But is it fair that professional athletes can play and make a living if the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, the country suffers 17,000 deaths, businesses fail, and amateur sports – from small hockey to gymnastics – stay on hold?
« I understand there are people against it, » said Jason Spezza of the Toronto Maple Leafs Center. « We are all very aware that we are lucky enough to be able to continue working. »
« We don’t lose what’s going on outside of our four walls, » added Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving to the look. « We have taken all possible precautions to do this safely and responsibly during the time we are in. I understand that there will be differing views and I respect them.
« But I think, as a league, we’ve been thinking about everything. »
The NHL managed to restart its 2019-20 pandemic delayed season in August and September thanks to tightly controlled bubbles that resulted in zero positive tests in Toronto and Edmonton. While the upcoming campaign will involve many measures, it is not the same level of protection.
US-based teams have also banded together in newly formed divisions and, like the franchises north of the border, will only play against these clubs to reduce travel expenses and the chances of infection.
But there have already been cracks.
The Dallas Stars announced Friday that six players and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during camp while the Columbus Blue Jackets kept part of their squad off the ice out of « caution ». On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins canceled training for the same reason.
So far, no members of Canadian teams have tested positive during the camp.
Leafs GM Kyle Dubas said the rules and protocols actually go beyond the players and include their own personal bubbles, which in turn should create team bubbles that, while not as safe as summer, are intended to further limit the risk of exposure.
« The existing protocols are not just limited to them, but also their families and where they can go and what they can do, » Dubas said. « As we near the end of it all, hopefully we can have fans in our building again and enjoy things as normally as possible in spring and summer. But first and foremost, it’s about everyone’s health and safety. »
Montreal winger Brendan Gallagher said playing not only lifts spirits, but it can also help put the economy in trouble.
« There are so many people who rely on these games, » he said. « It’s a game for us, but it’s a business for a lot of people. If you look at these provinces that are bleeding for money, they need these games.
« We’re in the entertainment business, but it’s a business and there is money to be made. Hopefully we can get through this and everyone can stay safe, but we have a job to do and we were asked to do it. We’re happy to do this to do. »
And while part of society will no doubt oppose it, the Stanley Cup race is now upon us.
« Some people might not like the idea that we can travel and play, » said McDavid. « But we’re lucky enough to come to work and do it for the fans who are at home. »
– With files from Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouver.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 10, 2021.
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NEW YORK – Nikola Jokic had 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in another short night, and the Denver Nuggets hit .500 for the first time this season with a 114-89 win over the New York Knicks on Sunday. The Nuggets opened 1-4 after reaching the final of the Western Conference last season, but now responded with four wins in five games. The last two were easy. The Nuggets pulled back from the 76’s with seven players in the third quarter and rested their starters in the fourth from 115 to 103 wins on Saturday. They jumped on the Knicks much earlier on Sunday and it was never a game after half time. Gary Harris added 14 points for the nuggets only nine received from Star Guard Jamal Murray. Julius Randle had 29 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Knicks The team made him the only player other than Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, who had at least 200 points, 115 rebounds and 70 assists in the first 10 games of a season. But Randle had little help with anyone over 12 points when the Knicks dropped their second straight after a winning streak of three games. They were kept to an anemic 89 points in both games. Denver led 28-21 on one, then made his first six shots of the second to open a 40-22 lead on JaMychal Green’s layup. The lead rose to 22 towards the end of the first half before the Nuggets were 59:38 ahead of the break. Jokic had eight points for the entire third quarter and the Nuggets led by up to 30 points in the fourth quarter. TIP-INSNuggets: Denver has won 19 of the last 24 meetings. … Monte Morris and PJ Dozier scored 12 points each. Knicks: Coach Tom Thibodeau said rookie Obi Toppin, who was previously limited to one game due to a strained right calf, is making steady progress but is still only released for individual work. Frank Ntilikina (sprained right knee) is likely to be out another week before another update. COACHING COLLEAGUESThibodeau and Michael Malone of Denver were Knicks assistants to Jeff Van Gundy two decades ago, who also included current Orlando coach Steve Clifford and former NBA coach Don Chaney: « We had a lot of people and I think , We all learned from each other, « said Thibodeau, » and that was the best part of this staff. You felt like you were going to the best clinic in the world every day. « Malone recalled when the demanding Thibodeau was allowed to train the Knicks participant in the former Boston Summer League. » I remember Don Chaney wearing ice packs after training because Thibs’ summer league training lasted about five hours. Malone said: UP NEXTNuggets: Visit Brooklyn on Tuesday. Knicks: Visit Charlotte on Monday .___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsBrian Mahoney, The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Lamar Jackson ran 136 yards and a 48-yard touchdown while throwing 179 more. The Baltimore Ravens rallied 10 points down, defeating the Tennessee Titans between 20 and 13 on Sunday in their AFC wildcard game.Baltimore also closed 2,000-yard rusher Derrick Henry, holding Tennessee to the fewest points of the season . The Titans (11-6) had the ball and a chance to tie when Marcus Peters intercepted Ryan Tannehill’s pass for Caliph Raymond with 1:50 left. The Ravens (12-5) snapped a series of 21 games in a row that the franchise lost in either the regular season or the playoffs if they fell behind by 10 or more. Henry had his worst performance that season with 18 transfers for 40 yards. Losing their first home game in 12 years, the Titans have now finished three of their last eight Baltimore postseason on their own field. Jackson turned the sixth 100-yard rushing game of a quarterback in the postseason and joined Colin Kaepernick with two. SAINTS 21, BEARS 9NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Drew Brees completed 28 of 39 passes for 265 yards and linked up with Michael Thomas and Latavius Murray for touchdowns. New Orleans defeated Chicago in a wildcard NFC game. Alvin Kamara rushed for 99 yards and added a 3 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter after suspending the regular season finals and not exercising last week due to COVID-19 protocols. Victory for the Saints (13-4) and Brees The Friday 42-year-old will be hosting a Divisional Round meeting at the Superdome next weekend with Tampa Bay and 43-year-old QB Tom Brady. The Bears (8-9) put in a scratchy performance defensively that kept the Saints from building more than a touchdown lead until Murray’s 6-yard catch-and-run score hit 14-3 by the end of the third quarter. However, the Chicago offensive fought for most of the game against a defense that finished fourth in the NFL. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky completed 19 of 29 passes for 199 yards and a minor TD pass for Jimmy Graham after time ran out. The bears were held up to 48 yards in a hurry .___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press
LOS ANGELES – Kawhi Leonard was pestered by the Free mask that he had been wearing on the pitch for two weeks. He got a steal and a dunk and hit 3-pointer after 3-pointer. He finished the season on 35 points, over 10,000 in his career, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 130-127 on Sunday. « It’s a stepping stone, but I don’t really care, » said Leonard of his milestone. « Maybe I’ll sit back in retirement and look at the successes. Right now it’s about being greedy and wanting more. » Leonard hit the 10,000 plateau with one of his five 3-pointers in the third quarter when he was 21 His points and 3-point points were the highest in a quarter of his career. « He understood how they protected him and he took advantage of it, » said teammate Paul George. « He was hot so we definitely got him always found. « Leonard’s last 3-pointer in the quarter gave the Clippers their first lead since scoring the first basket of the game. He had seven 3-point points in total, which boosted his career. » We needed it all » said Clippers coach Tyronn Lue. Leonard had 12 points in the first half when the Clippers were seven points behind in the break. He got a steal and dunk for his first points of the third, then made five straight 3-point- Points before he can be explosive it completed quarters with a pair of baskets, the last of which ended the game at 87. For the first time in two weeks Leonard no longer needs the mask that he was wearing strapped around his head to protect eight stitches in his mouth. He was met by teammate Serge Ibaka’s elbow in Denver over Christmas. George had 28 points, seven rebounds and nine assists for the Clippers, who had avoided their first loss in three games of the season. Lou Williams added 21 points from the bench. Zach LaVine led six bulls in double digits with a season high of 45 points – four from his career high – and he had the best 10 3 points of the season. Garrett Temple added 18 points and Patrick Williams had 17 points. Coby White had a career height of 13 assists. Chicago lost their third straight place for the first time since the start of the season 3-0. “We were frustrated that we kept making him (LaVine) look the way he liked it,” said George, “but in the end we were happy and excited that Kawhi did it. « The cops shot 61% off the ground and 55% out of 3-point range. » We tried everything: caught, zoned, switched, drowned, « said Lue. « You had one of those days when you shot the ball very well. » The Clippers chased the bulls through the first three quarters and dropped back by 13. Lou Williams’ basket put the game in fourth place with 94. Los Angeles led at six in the fourth before Temple’s three-point game, putting the Bulls 119-118 ahead. Nicolas Batum hit a 3-pointer with Thaddeus Young in the face in front of the Clippers bench, was fouled and took the free throw. He started an 8-0 run that gave Los Angeles a 126-119 lead. LaVine wasn’t finished yet. He had a three-point play and a 3-pointer over Marcus Morris Sr. to pull the Bulls on 126-125. White was called in for his fourth foul and put George on the line. He made both of them for a lead of 128-125. LaVine tossed a 3-pointer at the top of the key six seconds before the end. He was called in for his fourth foul, and George took both free throws for a 130-125 lead. Temple’s late basket ended the scoring for Chicago.TIP-INSBulls: F Otto Porter Jr.’s start missed the game with a lower back problem. … F Lauri Markkanen and G Ryan Arcidiacono were able to exercise while staying in Chicago’s health and safety protocols. Coach Billy Donovan said they continue to test negative and he hopes they can get back on the team this week. … F Chandler Hutchison is much better. He’s been stuck on health and safety logs in Washington, DC for two games that ended last year. … G Tomas Satoransky, who has isolated himself since the games in DC, is also expected to join the team again. … The team put their restricted players on video calling before games to make them feel like they were part of the locker room. Clippers: For the fifth time in franchise history, you’ve made at least 20 3-pointers. … Batum played in his 800th career game in the regular season. UP NEXTBulls: host Boston on Tuesday. Clippers: Host New Orleans on Wednesday .___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https: // twitter. com / AP_SportsBeth Harris, The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS – Drew Brees will celebrate his 42nd birthday by preparing for a playoff game that will also see the one active NFL quarterback older than him.
Brees completed 28 of 39 passes for 265 yards and linked up with Michael Thomas and Latavius Murray for touchdowns. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Chicago Bears 21-9 in an NFC wildcard game on Sunday.
Alvin Kamara rushed for 99 yards and added a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter after suspending the regular season finale and not training last week due to COVID-19 protocols.
The win for the Saints (13-4) and Brees, who will turn 42 on Friday, prepares a meeting with Tampa Bay and 43-year-old QB Tom Brady at the Superdome this coming weekend.
The Bears (8-9) performed poorly defensively, preventing the Saints from building more than one touchdown lead until Murray’s 6-yard catch-and-run score ended at 14-3 at the end of the third quarter.
That score came from a major bear mistake: Safety Eddie Jackson, who was hired for an apparent lightning bolt, jumped off the bears’ 13-yard line to fourth and third place.
Two games later, Brees was crawling to his right when he spotted Murray waving for the ball. Brees made it with a quick touch pass over rising linebacker Khalil Mack, and Murray sprinted straight to the goal line and dived through converging tacklers to reach the end zone.
Brees’ first touchdown pass came to Thomas in the first quarter after an 11-yard throw down the middle after being absent for three games to heal a nagging ankle injury. Thomas, the 2019 Offensive Player of the Year, missed nine games this season and hasn’t received a touchdown pass in Tennessee since December 22, 2019.
The Tashaun Gipson of the Bears scored the first points in Chicago and might have prevented the Saints from scoring in the same game. He put his hand on the ball as Taysom Hill tried to throw deep with a receiver that broke outside. The ball fluttered just a few meters forward and defender John Jenkins caught it and prepared Cairo Santos’ 36-yard field goal to make it 7-3.
But the Chicago offensive fought for most of the game against a defense that finished fourth in the NFL. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky completed 19 of 29 passes for 199 yards and a minor TD pass for Jimmy Graham after time ran out. The bears were held in a hurry up to 48 meters.
Bear’s starting receiver Anthony Miller was ejected for pushing Saints defender C. J. Gardner-Johnson back after a failed third game early in the second half. Gardner-Johnson was also flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, but was not ejected. This was the second time this season that a Bears player had been eliminated after the whistle against Gardner-Johnson. During a regular season meeting, Bears receiver Javon Wims was ejected and suspended two games for hitting Gardner-Johnson.
Bears: Reserve Security DeAndre Houston-Carson was screened for a concussion in the second quarter. … Defender Sherrick McManus sustained a hamstring injury in the first half.
Saints: Cornerbacks Patrick Robinson and Latavius Murray were both screened for hamstring injuries in the second half.
Bears: Start the off-season with uncertainty about the future of General Manager Ryan Pace and Head Coach Matt Nagy. The Bears have made the playoffs twice since Pace took office in 2015, both times under Nagy, who was hired in 2018. Chicago lost its playoff opener both times.
Saints: Hosts Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the divisional playoffs round, the third meeting this season between the NFC South rivals and their 40-plus-star QBs. The Saints won double digits in every regular season matchup.
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The latest on Wildcard Sunday in the NFL playoffs (all times EST ): 7:55 pm. Andrew Brees has joined Brett Favre and Tom Brady as NFL quarterbacks to win a playoff game after age 40. Trees led the New Orleans Saints past the Chicago Bears 21-9 Sunday in an NFC wildcard game. Jimmy Graham made a one-handed touchdown catch with no time left to give the Bears and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky the only touchdown of the game. They didn’t care about the extra point. Trees and the Saints will host Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional Round next Sunday. Trees will turn 42 on Thursday and Brady will be 43. So this will be the first ever NFL playoff game. In the other NFC semifinals, the Los Angeles Rams will visit the Green Bay Packers with the best seeds on Saturday. 7:42 PM Andrew Brees thought he had his first touchdown run in the playoffs, but TV reruns showed he didn’t bring the nose of football above the level of the goal line before moving it to fourth Retract gate. The game was decided as a 2:19 touchdown to place New Orleans 27: 3 ahead of Chicago until the extra point was reached. The game was reversed and Chicago took over 9-3pm, 7:25 pm. Be careful with that language, Cordarrelle Patterson. There are children who listen to Nickelodeon. Just before halftime, the Chicago Bears All-Pro wide receiver dropped a swear word after the officer announced a penalty. The only problem was that the microphone made it audible to everyone. Social media had a big day with Patterson’s not-G-rated word, complete with memes featuring SpongeBob SquarePants characters admonishing him. The game aired on CBS and also on Nickelodeon to attract a younger audience. The game was completed with virtual slime cannons after the players scored and analogies to explain the penalties. 7:18 PM Alvin Kamara’s 3-yard touchdown run gave the New Orleans Saints a 21-3 lead over the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter. Touchdown hit a 15-game drive that lasted nearly nine minutes. So far, the Saints had the ball for 16 minutes, 20 seconds to just four minutes and 50 seconds for the bears. The Saints were only up 7-3 at halftime. ___ 7:07 p.m. The Saints took a 14-3 lead in the fourth quarter of their wildcard game against the Chicago Bear. Andrew Brees seeks to join Brett Favre and Tom Brady as quarterbacks to then win a playoff game. If the Saints hold out, Brees and the Saints Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be welcomed to the divisional round next weekend. The trees had thrown 215 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Thomas has five catches for 73 yards so far. Mitchell Trubisky has thrown for 107 yards and no TDs for Chicago. ___ 6:53 pm The New Orleans Saints took a 14-3 lead over the Chicago Bears on Drew Brees’ second touchdown pass at the end of the third quarter. Latavius Murray ran for returned a 6-yard TD shortly after the bears committed a neutral zone violation on Chicago’s 13th and 1:40pm. Saints defender CJ Gardner-Johnson has just let Bears drop wide receiver Anthony Miller out of their NFC wildcard game in New Orleans. Gardner-Johnson appeared to be talking after a third incompleteness, and Miller pushed him. Both players received personal fouls for unsporting and Miller was thrown out. Gardner-Johnson is a sophomore player The Saints lead the Bears 7-3 early in the third quarter. The Cleveland Browns ended a long drought with the playoffs. They can stop a few more with a win against rival Pittsburgh Steelers in the wildcard game on Sunday night. In their first post-season appearance since the 2002 season, the Browns lost 17 games in a row at Heinz Field, gaining their last win there in 2003 with Tim Couch at quarterback and Butch Davis as coach. Cleveland is aiming for the first postseason win in its expansion era, which began in 1999, and the first playoff win since the 1994 season. The Browns are also trying to end an eight-game playoff on the road. You haven’t won the playoffs outside of Cleveland since 1969. Of course, the Browns will try to do so without first-year coach Kevin Stefanski, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and whose participation is banned. He’ll be watching the game from his basement home in Rocky River, Ohio. The Browns weren’t able to train until Friday due to COVID-19 issues. ___ 6.15 p.m. The Chicago Bears are chasing the New Orleans Saints 7-3 at halftime, the lowest score in the first half of the playoffs since Super Bowl 53 on Aug. February 2019, when the New England Patriots led the Los Angeles Rams on their way to 13-3 3-0, Alvin Kamara running back has 39 yards on eight trages as he returns from the COVID-19 roster. Kamara ran for an NFL record with six touchdowns in his last game on Christmas Day against the Vikings. The Bears reached the playoffs despite an 8-8 record that included a six-game loss. The Saints went 12-4 and earned number 2 in the NFC bracket behind the Green Bay Packers. ___ 5:45 pm The Chicago Bears are on the board in New Orleans. They drew 7-3 with a 36-yard field goal from Cairo Santos in the middle of the second quarter. This was followed by a take-away from John Jenkins of Saints’ Taysom Hill, who was in the game at the quarterback for Drew Brees. ___ 5:35 am Will Lutz missed a 50-yard field goal, the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter would have brought a 10-0 lead on Sunday. Lutz missed five of his last nine field goal attempts after the start of season 19. The Bears used to have a golden chance of tying it at 7 when Javon let Wims Mitchell Trubisky’s long pass go straight through the arms in the first quarter in the end zone after defender Marcus Williams fell first in the face in the pursuit .___ 5 : 3 p.m. Michael Thomas scored for New Orleans and was immediately hit by virtual slime cannons from all four corners of the end zone. Welcome to the NFL playoffs on Nickelodeon. The network that was used to showing SpongeBob SquarePants made things fun and interesting for the Chicago Bears. New Orleans Saints w ild card game Sunday. The line for the first descent looks like moving slime. Players are constantly being compared to SpongeBob characters. Everything is explained thoroughly to a more youthful audience. Noah Eagle, the radio voice of the Los Angeles Clippers and son of longtime CBS play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle, named the game along with Nate Burleson and Nickelodeon, analyst for « NFL Today » Gabrielle Nevaeh Green. The speakers kept it entertaining by explaining things in a unique way, like moving the ball across the pitch resembling homework while the red zone was like a test. One of the topics they discussed: What happens if a player has to use the bathroom in the middle of a game? ___ 5:10 pm The New Orleans Saints have taken a 7-0 lead against the Chicago Bears. Drew Bees hit Michael Thomas with an 11-yard touchdown pass that lasted five minutes in New Orleans in the first quarter. This was Thomas’ first TD at Tennessee since December 22, 2019, and Trees has thrown a touchdown pass in 17 consecutive playoff games. This is one of the third longest series in NFL history. Brett holds the record with touchdown throws in 20 consecutive playoff games between 1995 and 2009. Tom Brady had a streak of 18 consecutive playoff games with a TD throw from 2001 to 2011 .___ 4:20 The New Orleans Saints want that be the first NFC wildcard home team to win this weekend when they host the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon. Two road teams won on Saturday, with the Buccaneers in Washington 31-23 and the Rams 30-. The Ram Bay win was the first since Super Bowl 37 in 2003. The Rams win brought the series of 10 home games in a row in Seattle to success. Number 2 on the NFC, the Saints direct an offense led by Drew Brees and Drew Brees on Alvin Kamara. The Bears finished the playoffs 8-8, but reached the playoffs for the second time in Matt Nagy’s three seasons .___ 4:00 PM Lamar Jackson has won his elusive first playoff win. Jackson led the Baltimore Ravens past the Tennessee Titan s 20-13 in an AFC wildcard game on Sunday. Jackson ran for 136 yards 16 times, hitting a 48-yard scamper who was part of a 20-3 run from Baltimore after falling back 10-0 early. Jackson also completed 17 of 24 passes for 179 yards. The Ravens limited the league’s leading rusher, Derrick Henry, to just 40 yards with 18 runs. Henry had the fifth highest rushing total of the regular season at 2,027 yards and had 17 TD runs. Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters intercepted Ryan Tannehill’s pass to Caliph Raymond at 1:50, and the Ravens chewed on Peters ‘interception of multiple ravens the rest of the time, stamping the Titans’ midfield logo and drawing a 15-yard taunt penalty. The Titans had already stepped on Baltimore’s logo in week 11 .___ 3:33 p.m. Justin Tucker atoned for his missed 52-yard field goal by hitting a 51-yarder 4:19 minutes ahead of Baltimore, who had a 20- Titans had a 13 lead over Tennessee, and Lamar Jackson passed the 100-yard mark in a second straight playoff game against Tennessee. The Baltimore quarterback has 104 yards over 14 runs. Jackson rushed 143 yards in a playoff loss to Tennessee last season. He and Colin Kaepernick are the only quarterbacks to race 100 or more yards in multiple postseason games. Jackson has surpassed Derrick Henry, who has just 37 yards after rushing the NFL in the regular season. ___ 3:25 p.m. Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker missed a 52-yard goal well in the fourth quarter against Tennessee, just the second Playoff miss of his career. He is now 12 of 14 in his postseason career. Tucker has a 90.7% success rate on field goals, the highest percentage in NFL history. He was 26 for 29 that season. Tucker had posted 48 consecutive field attempts or overtime in the regular season and postseason in the fourth quarter before missing 12 minutes before the end of the game. ___ 3:10 p.m. The Tennessee Titans ended the Baltimore Ravens’ run of 17 unanswered points with a short field goal behind the stall at Baltimore 4th Stephen Gostkowski’s 25-yard field goal in the first game of the fourth quarter brought the Titans to 17-13. After that, Justin Tucker was far to the right on a 52 yard field goal attempt. After a 10-0 promotion, the Titans ran seven games for minus 7 yards in the second and third quarters as the Ravens scored a field goal and two touchdown runs to take a 17-10 lead.The Ravens took the NFL- Rushing leader Derrick Henry held 14 runs at 29 yards. ___ 2:50 pm The Baltimore Ravens have taken their first lead at Tennessee. Rookie Runs Back JK Dobbins interrupted a 10-10 draw at halftime with a 4-yard touchdown run that completed Baltimore’s 77-yard run at the start of the second half. Justin Tucker’s extra point brought it to 17-10. The Ravens scored 17 direct points after falling behind 10. The Ravens are the only NFL team in the past four seasons not to win a game after falling double digits. ___ 2:30 pm Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens have shaken off their sluggish start in their AFC wildcard game in Tennessee to end the game at 10 at halftime. The Ravens scored 10 straight points after falling 10-0 in the first quarter. The Titans hit their season high with four sacks of Jackson. But Jackson broke up in third and ninth places and ran 48 yards for the touchdown. This was the longest touchdown a quarterback has executed in the playoffs since Colin Kaepernick drove 56 yards for the 49ers against the Packers on January 12, 2013. Derrick Henry, the leader of the NFL, only has 18 yards in 10 carries for the Titans. Henry rushed for 2,027 rushing yards that season, the fifth-highest in NFL history .___ 2:10 pm The Baltimore Ravens cut an early 10-0 deficit in their AFC wildcard game in Tennessee. Lamar Jackson drove a 48-yard touchdown in third and ninth places to tie the game after Justin Tucker put the Ravens on the board with a 33-yard field goal. Jackson is the first quarterback in NFL history to have multiple 1000-yard rushing seasons. He has rushed 1,005 yards this season after running 1,206 yards in 2019. And he’s taken all NFL players into yards-per-rush for the past two seasons. That number was 6.9 yards in 2019 and 6.3 yards in 2020 .___ 1:40 p.m. Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted a Lamar Jackson pass on a ball that looked like it was intended for the Titans cornerback rather than Raven’s recipient Miles Boykin. Butler’s take down resulted in a 45-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski, which was removed from the Reserve / Covid-19 list earlier this week. That gave Tennessee a 10-0 lead by 1:38 in the first quarter of their AFC wildcard game. This was Butler’s first playoff interception since Super Bowl 49, when he took Russell Wilson’s pass at the goal line in the final seconds to get New England’s 28:24 win over the Seahawks. Tennessee made three sales against Baltimore in the divisional round a year ago. The Titans led the NFL with a plus of 11 in return on sales, with Butler managing the team with four interceptions during the regular season. 1:30 p.m. The Titans have taken the lead in their AFC wildcard game with the Baltimore Ravens Both teams opened with a three-and-off. Then the Titans made a 10-game drive 70 yards, with Ryan Tannehill making a 10-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Brown with 5:39 left in the first quarter. Malcolm Butler intercepted Lamar Jackson in the Ravens’ subsequent possession. Tannehill threw 33 career-high touchdowns this season. He started that game and completed 6 of 7 for 70 yards and Brown was his best target with 52 yards taking three catches. The Ravens put five and six defenders on the line to slow down NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry. He has five transfers for just seven yards to open this game. The road team has won each of the first four playoff games between these teams. Tennessee won the division round in Baltimore last year, disrupting the then No. 1 seeded Ravens .___ 1:10 p.m. The Cleveland Browns on Sunday after nearly a week of trouble that led to their first playoff game in nearly two decades, no new positive COVID-19 tests. The Browns will do without coach Kevin Stefanski on Sunday evening. Card game in Pittsburgh. He tested positive for the virus on Tuesday along with Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio, who will also miss the game. Top cornerback Denzel Ward will not play even after a positive test. The Browns have been given security, Ronnie Harrison, Harrison Bryant and linebacker Malcolm Smith to face the Steelers. It is not yet known if they will have all-pro against Jack Conklin. He was classified as questionable with an « illness » and traveled separately to Pittsburgh. Besides Stefanski, the Browns are also without several assistants, including offensive coach Bill Callahan. Cleveland appears for the first time since the 2002 season in the playoffs. The Browns face two more major droughts: they lost 17 straight at Heinz Field and haven’t won a street playoff game since 1969. ___ 12:50 p.m. The Ravens-Titans playoff game features two of the NFL Titans’ best ground games, led by running back Derrick Henry, whose 2,027 rushing yards were the fifth highest in NFL history this season. Henry led the league with 17 touchdown runs. Henry ran 195 yards in the Titans’ 28:12 win over Baltimore in last year’s playoffs. This was his third career playoff game with 150 or more rushing yards, a game behind Hall of Famer Terrell Davis’ record. The Ravens stormed 404 yards in Cincinnati last weekend, the fourth-highest single game total since 1950. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson that season became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush at least 1,000 yards in multiple seasons. And Baltimore rookie runs back JK Dobbins rushed for 805 yards and nine touchdowns in 2020. He has had a TD run in each of his last six games. ___ 12:20 p.m. It’s day 2 of the NFL wildcard weekend, and it begins with a rematch from last year when the Ravens visit the TitansThat’s, followed by the Bears visiting the Saints and the Cleveland Browns night game in Pittsburgh. The Browns appear in the playoffs for the first time since 2002. To move forward, the Browns must end a 17-game loss in Pittsburgh. In Saturday’s wild card games, the Bills beat the Colts 27-24, the Rams won 30-20 in Seattle and Tampa Bay won 31-23 in Washington. This was the Buccaneers’ first playoff win since beating Oakland in Super Bowl 37 on January 26, 2003 .___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https: //twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press
The Vancouver Canucks will be returning to training Monday morning after canceling training and Sunday training due to possible COVID-19 exposure. The team announced in a tweet that it would practice on Monday at 11:00 a.m. Media availability will follow soon. The Canucks said in a press release that Sunday’s cancellation was made « out of caution » and did not provide any further details. The Canucks decision to cancel training comes as NHL teams prepare for a shortened 56-game season slated to begin Wednesday when the Canucks are due to visit the Edmonton Oilers. Vancouver is the fourth team whose training camp is affected by COVID-19. The Dallas Stars announced on Friday that six players and two staff members tested positive during camp, while the Columbus Blue Jackets kept part of their squad away from the ice due to possible exposure. On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins canceled training for the same reason. The governments of the five provinces in which the NHL operates have given Canadian teams permission to play arenas at their home this season.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 10, 2021.
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